Places for walks in the woods. Places for weary migrating birds. Places for launching a kayak, growing food, and digging clams. For gazing at tide pools and skies full of stars.
We protect the precious places, experiences, and ecosystems that make the Maine coast so extraordinary.
We get it—the term "Land Protection" raises questions. Questions like… So, what kind of land are you protecting, exactly? And why? To "protect" land is to ensure it will always stay in a natural state and never be developed. At Maine Coast Heritage Trust, we work with landowners, towns, communities, and other partners to protect coastal natural lands that benefit people, plants, and animals. These places range from local sledding hills to traditional water access sites to bird nesting islands to vast, wild places offering miles of hiking trails.
Is this land special to the local community? Does it offer exceptional opportunities for outdoor recreation? Is it important wildlife habitat? These are some of the many questions we ask ourselves when protecting land. There are lots of ways to go about it... but almost always, a project begins with a person interested in conserving their special land.
Over the past 50 years, MCHT has protected more than 150,000 acres of land from Lubec to Kittery—that’s three times the size of Acadia National Park and includes more than 125 preserves open to the public.
Thanks to partnerships with other organizations and the generosity of MCHT supporters, those numbers grow every year.
Want to help protect special places on the Maine coast?
Here’s what land protection looks like:
Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s work spans the entire coast and involves dozens of conservation projects at any given time. Here’s more information about some projects currently underway:
- Opening a Wild Pen Bay Island to the Public – The Monroe Island Project
- Saving a Wildlife Corridor Connecting Inland Forest to the Sea – The Schoodic to Schoodic Initiative
- Keeping Iconic Islands Wild & Open – The Islands Initiative
- Protecting Maine’s Salt Marshes as Sea Level Rises – The Marshes for Tomorrow Initiative
- Creating a Large Coastal Preserve in Southern Maine – The Woodward Point Project
- Bringing Fish—and Jobs—Back to Eastern Maine – The Orange River Watershed Initiative
- Restoring the Life Blood of the Coast – The Rivers Initiative
- Securing Public Access to a Beloved Midcoast Island – The Clark Island Project
Stories from the Maine Coast